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The House of Mirth
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  • Her soft nature recoiled from this ordeal, which had none of the stimulus of conflict to goad her through it.
  • Trenor’s face darkened to rage: her recoil of abhorrence had called out the primitive man.
  • But compassion, in a moment, got the better of her instinctive recoil.
  • He was already annoyed with himself for having left Monte Carlo, where he had intended to pass the week which remained to him before sailing; but it would now be difficult to return on his steps without an appearance of inconsistency from which his pride recoiled.
  • Rosedale, reddening to the roots of his glossy hair, received this announcement with a recoil which carried him to his feet, where he halted before her in an attitude of almost comic discomfiture.

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